Trail Alerts

Updated September 1, 2022 - NW Branch Trail at Kirkwood Neighborhood Park

There will be a partial closure of the Northwest Branch Trail from Wednesday, September 7th through Friday, September 9th for the bridge replacement at Kirkwood Neighborhood Park. Restricted area of work is shown on the posted map.

Updated June 16, 2022 - West Hyattsville

The damaged bridge has been removed from the area. The NW Branch Trail entrances at Queens Chapel Road and the Hyattsville Metro Station will remain open until further notice. A survey of the existing abutments is underway and repairs are scheduled to begin the week of 6/20/2022. The bridge at Kirkwood Park remains closed.

Updated April 6, 2022 - NW Branch bridge

The trail will be closed as shown in the detour map beginning 4/11/2022 in preparation for the removal of the existing bridge. We anticipate a six weeks closure at this time to pull the bridge, assess/repair existing abutments, and take field measurements to release production drawings for the new bridge. The trail will re-open temporarily while the bridge is being manufactured; an additional alert will be posted at that time.

Updated March 8, 2022 - Anacostia River Trail

Beginning Friday, March 25, access along the Anacostia River Trail in Colmar Manor will be restricted M-F from 7 am to 4 pm due to paving.

Updated October 27, 2021

Update on Replacement of the Pedestrian Bridge Crossing the NW Branch Trail at the West Hyattsville Metro Station

pedestrian bridge crossingThe M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation recognizes the value of its recreation trails and transit connector and is committed to keeping the community informed on the status of the replacement of the pedestrian bridge.

The Department is actively working with both WSSC and WMATA to address site sensitivities related to existing utilities and infrastructural elements that in turn have resulted in the delay of the replacement of the pedestrian bridge crossing the NW Branch Trail at the West Hyattsville Metro Station.

To date, the Department has received notification from WSSC that four water main and sewer lines are located near the proposed work area and associated site investigation has commenced. As such, the Department identified a potential new work area and was required to re-submit documents to WMATA for approval due to the close proximity to the Metro train right-of-way.

Once all approvals and permits are received, the Department estimates that it would take about two weeks to safely remove the bridge as well as repair the bridge abutments and connection points.

The Department estimates that fabrication of the new bridge would take about 8 to 10 weeks and installation of the bridge could be completed in early Spring of 2022, weather permitting.